Ep. 70: Islamic Principles #25: Passing on Islam

We frequently hear the statement that Islam is valid for all time, place, and circumstance. Yet, the key underlying question associated with that statement is do we actually understand Islam at all? How can we ensure that our understanding is correct? More importantly, how can we pass it on if we don’t understand it? In this episode I want to look at some of the keys we need to unlock the code of our intellectual heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 69: Islamic Principles #24: Men & Women

This was a hard episode for me to put together. There is so much back-and-forth today about issues of gender relations, how Islam treats women, inherit inequality of the Sharia towards women, etc. While this is not traditionally a first principle jurists speak of, I believe strongly that we need to include to help weed out practices that are not compatible with our belief system. Hopefully this will be just a beginning to a longer conversation.

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“ created you from a single soul” (7:189)
“when the girl child asks by what right was I killed” (81:8)
“no soul bears the sins of another” (35:18)
“for the man double the share of the women” (4:11)

Hadith Mentioned
Follow my sunna and the sunna of the rightly guided caliphs. Hold to it with your molar teeth!” (Tirmidhi)

People Mentioned
Imam Tabari

Imam Ibn Abi Layla

Selected Links
Responding from the Tradition

Ep. 68: Islamic Principles #23: Charity

Muslims talk about charity a lot, but mostly in the context of the community in need of charitable help. As a first principle, however, charity is more than financial assistance, it is a state of being aimed at helping people in need. In this episode I explore this concept hoping that we can all be more charitable and giving of our selves.

Quran Mentioned
“Why do you say that which you do not do. It is a grave sin to say what you do not do.” (61:2)

Hadith Mentioned
“Smiling in the face of your brother/sister is a form of charity”, (Tirmidhi)

“Removing harmful objects from road is a form of charity”, (Muslim)

“From the wisdom of David in the Psalms that the believer knows of their time and circumstance.” (Ibn Hibban)

The first hadith of mercy, (Tirmidhi)

The hadith of the strong believer being more useful, (Muslim)

Ep. 67: Islamic Principles # 22: Coexistence

While I covered models of coexistence previously on this podcast, here I take several steps back  to consider the concept of coexistence from a principle point of view. If we can understand that we all have more in common than we think, the ability to coexist not only becomes easy, but the only natural option.

 

 

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“Indeed in the Messenger of God is a perfect example for you.” (33:21)

Other Links
Previous episodes on models of Coexistence: 8, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

Imam Ali, “People of two kinds: your co-religionist, or your brother/sister in humanity” – his letter to Malik al-Ashtar.

 

Ep. 66: Islamic Holidays #11: Hajj Season

The Hajj pilgrimage is the largest communal devotional act Muslims preform.  While it is the trip of a lifetime, the blessings surrounding it are not limited to those on the actual pilgrimage. This episodes highlights the importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja and offers advice on how we can maximize the great rewards laying in wait.

Hadith Mentioned
Hadith that the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are the best days for pious actions, narrated by Bukhari

Hadith that dua is accepted throughout the first ten days of Dhul HIjja, Abbu Musa al-‘Ashari

“Hajj is Arafa”, narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisā’ī, and Ibn Majah

Hadith on forgiveness of sins on the day of Arafa, Narrated by Muslim

Hadith that fasting day of ‘Arafa is the equivalent of fasting two years. narrated by Muslim.

Ep. 64: Conflict, Perspective, & Time

Why are some people passionate about issues that we might not care about? Why are some people willing to fight one another, indeed go to war against one another based on differing ideas? This episode provides a brief sketch on the power of perspective and time in flaming conflict, or quelling it.

Quran Mentioned
“They see it far, but We see it near” (70:6)

“We see you turning towards the heaven” (2:144)

Hadith Mentioned
“Allah was and nothing was with Him” (Bukhari)

“I don’t want people to say that Muhammad killed his Companions” (Bukhari)

Ep 63: Islam & Politics

In this episode I address the role of Islam in high-politics and low-politics (defined by me in the beginning of the episode). Faith, understood and practiced truthfully should engender a patriotic spirit. Why and how are some of the questions I try bring up and answer.

Episode Notes
Quran Mentioned
“and from His signs is the difference in your language” (2:22)

Hadith Mentioned
Hadith of Prophet speaking to Mecca, (Tirmidhi, Nisā’ī, and Ibn Majah)

Selected Links
July 4th Holiday

Thanksgiving Holiday

Imam Dhabi 

Imam al-Mawardi

Lincoln’s Gettysburg address

Ep 62: Islamic Holidays #10: Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is the culmination of the massive achievement of Ramadan. In this episode I offer some points on how to really make the most of this special day. Enjoy!

Hadith Mentioned
Fasting is suspended between heavens and earth (weak, Suyuti in his Jami Saghir)

Giving life to the eve of Eid (Ibn Maja)

Friday is an eid (Ibn Majah)

Exchange gifts so that you may love one another (Bukhari Adab Mufrad)

The day of Eid is prize day (Tabarani)

Ep. 61: Islamic Holidays #9: The Night of Power

The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) is the peak of Ramadan and a tremendous opportunity for us to not only turn to God with sincere devotion and repentance, but to begin a new chapter in our lives. However, while we are used to hearing about the immense merits of this important night, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and not actually know what to do. In this episode I offer a simple, yet effective program to help us make the most of this blessed evening.

 

Episode Notes
Hadith Mentioned

“Whoever stands the Night of Power with faith and accounting, God will forgive all their past sins.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Ep. 60: Islamic Holidays #8: The Battle of Badr

The Battle of Badr is the most important and decisive battle from the life of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace). It occurred shortly after the Prophet migrated to Madina from Mecca and took place during the first Ramadan fasted by the early Muslim community. There has always been a special relationship between Ramadan and conquest throughout Islamic history. However, it is the conquest of the self that we ultimately seek.

 

Quran Mentioned
Sura Fath (chapter 48)
“There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256)

 

Hadith Mentioned
Greater Jihad (al-Bayhaqi and al-Khatib al-Baghdadi)
“If we perish You will never be worshiped” (Muslim)
“Do what you want you are forgiven” (Muslim)

 

Other Mentions
Tariq Bin Ziyad
Saladin
‘Ayn Jalut
The Removal of Distress

Ep. 59: Islamic Holidays #7: Ramadan

Ramadan is the peak of the Islamic calendar. It is the greatest opportunity we have to reset our spiritual system. While we let the body feast throughout the year, Ramadan is the greatest opportunity to let the soul feast. This episode is an overview that provides a simple framework of how to get the most out the month.

Ep. 57: Islamic Holidays #6: The 15th of Sh’aban

The eve of the 15th of Sh’aban is one of the most significant and spiritually important times in the Muslim calendar. It is a night that the salaf used to seek out and honor with pious devotion and sincere supplication. What follows is a very simple overview of the importance of this event and recommendations for observing it.

Episode Notes:

Check out my blog post on this episode that also references the dua for the eve of the 15th.

Ep. 56: Islamic Principles #20: The Environment

We cannot be who we are or do the things we do except through and by the natural world around us. The Quran and Hadith literature are replete with references to the animated nature of the environment, to the duty we owe the environment, and to the obligation to keep its balance. The environment is one of the meta principles of Islam, and since the natural world around us is in crises, it is ever more important that we learn what it means from our faith point of view.

Quran Mentioned
The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but invokes His praise; but you understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving. (17:44)

The stars and the trees adore. (55:6)

I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. (51:56)

And He has made of service for you whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth; it is all from Him. Lo! herein verily are portents for a people who reflect. (45:13)

He brought you forth from the earth and has asked you to develop it. (11:61)

And of mankind there are those whose conversation on the life of this world pleases you, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart; yet he is the most rigid of opponents. And when he turns away his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle; and Allah lovs not mischief. (2:204-205)

Hadith Mentioned
Anybody who plants and animals eat you are rewarded, (Ahmad) Story of Gabriel and dog, (Bukhari)

Dogs are nations too, (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi)

Women and cat, (Bukhari)

Man who gave a dog water, (Bukhari and Muslim)